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July 6, 2016

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The Pittsfield High School Class Of 1966 50th Class Reunion  will be held in the Pittsfield Congregational Church vestry on July 23rd from 3-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you can attend call Pete Riel at 603-269-8861.



The Northwood Parent Cooperative Preschool (The Center School) has openings for this fall. We also have exciting changes happening! We have two new teachers, Ms. Danielle and Ms. Kelley, starting this fall and extended hours! Please check out our website for information about tuition, curriculum, our new hours and to access our registration packet.


We also invite everyone interested in information about The Center School to come by our booth at The Bean Hole Bash, Saturday July 30th at the Northwood Congregational Church next to CBNA. We hope to see you there!



Congratulations to Hannah Herter of Northwood,  a sophomore at Salve Regina University, who has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester.


To qualify for the Dean’s List, full-time students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 without receiving a grade below a “B” in that semester.



Congratulations to Lily Allen, a resident of Northwood who has been honored with placement on the Dean’s List at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, for the spring 2016 semester.

Lily is a member of Wheaton’s Class of 2017 and the daughter of Thomas Allen and Laura Holmes.



Congratulations to Abigail MacCallum, a resident of Northwood, who has been named to the Spring 2016 Dean’s List at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List that semester.



The Veterans’ Corner

Submitted By Richard Doucet


Communication Officer VFW Joseph J. Jeffrey  Post 7217 Northwood Post votes to start dialogUE with town to help with cemetery upkeep.


During our regular meeting on June 7th the subject of the appearance of some veteran’s grave makers was discussed.  That led to a vote to open a dialog with the town to see if our post could help rehabilitating some of the cemeteries and veteran grave sites.  It was then proposed that as the communications officer for the post that I see what I could find out…I had a new mission.


I was able to contact The Chair of the Northwood Cemetery Trustee Committee, Mr. Stephen Bailey, and I met with him on June 14. Over breakfast I soon found out two things.  The first thing was I realized very quickly how much “I did not know that I did know” about cemeteries.  The second, over our hour plus long conversation, was that the few things Mr. Bailey did not know about the towns cemeteries he knew whom to contact to find out.


Some of the first facts I was made aware of is that of the 69 cemeteries in Northwood only six belong to the town, all the others are privately held and designated as family cemeteries.


Mr. Bailey then explained to me that none of the towns six cemeteries, stones and monuments are maintained with town tax money.  The town does provide a small maintenance fund to deal with things such as the removal of storm damaged trees or erosion due to flooding.  The cost of regular maintenance, mowing and trimming, is paid for from The Cemetery  Perpetual Care Trust Fund.  When a plot or grave is purchased  that cost, by vote of the town, goes to the fund and the interest gained by that fund is what is used to pay for regular maintenance.  The rules and procedures for the cemeteries  and the functioning of this fund are dictated by the State of New Hampshire.  The town is also helped by volunteers who do some of the grass cutting and brush trimming. These volunteer hours are donated by students at Coe-Brown and other community services.


As for the 63 other cemeteries, they are the responsibility of whoever owns the land, which is why some of the veteran sites look less than well kept.  In most cases the people who own the land now are in no way descendants of the original family who buried their dead in the family cemetery.  While the State does not come down with a heavy hand to force land owners to spend money to maintain the cemeteries, it does provide that no cemetery can just be “removed” by a land owner. This was the case with one land owner who, since there were no living relatives to complain, simply removed the headstones so he did not have to look at the cemetery.


Mr. Bailey told me that human remains are still being found in some towns, some with a marker still remaining but others with  no markers.  In the early days it was not uncommon to bury someone on the family land  with only a wooden marker.  Later, for whatever reason, the land was abandoned, the wooden marker rotted and the nature reclaimed the land hiding any evidence of a grave.  These are sometimes found when land long left to nature is purchased and excavation for new construction started.


The only type of burial ground that Mr. Bailey believes is not recorded in Northwood is one of Native American origin.


How does all of this relate to our discussion during our meeting about the state of some veteran grave sites and markers?


We have to start in the year 1768, the year that Northwood was incorporated.  As Mr. Bailey pointed out to me people just did not show up in the “wilderness” and put up a hut wherever they wanted and set up house keeping.  Land was surveyed and use of that land dictated including cemeteries.  Family cemeteries were also allowed.


Though we think of 1776 as the start of “American” veterans we have to remember that as “Colonial Militia” many citizen were veterans of British military service in the founding and defense of what would become the United States.  All of the cemeteries in Northwood contain the remains of veterans; some of these remains date as far back as the American Revolutionary War, but some may have remains dating to 1768. I note here these are the remains of “veterans”  who died after returning home from a war.  It is only very recently  that remains of those killed in combat are returned home.  Exceptions were generally made only for the high ranking and wealthy or, during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, when someone died in a battle close to home.


These grave sites are as much part of  our history as any museum that contains the artifacts that represent the wars they fought in.  While museums and historical societies have “things”, grave sites hold the remains of those who were actually there.  They had names, they have stories, they represent in a very real way the suffering and privation that was needed to forge this nation and in its continuing defense. Their resting places are due  at least as much respect as the artifacts that were part of their life and service.


So what to do?  There are any number of ways that you can help both the town and the owners of family cemeteries to clean up and refurbish both sites and specific veterans graves.  Need a class history project? How about studying the life of a Civil War veteran with no living family to remember him and while you are at it fixing up the site or headstone?  Are you a civic organization that has funds for this type of work?  How about  paying for the restoration of a veterans head stone?  Are you a Boy Scout working toward your Eagle Scout?  How about organizing friends to clean up a family cemetery that the owners are unable to maintain?  And who can lead the way?  Veterans organizations such as the VFW, The American Legion, and  The D.A.V. can take up the cause and encourage others to do the same. The list can go on but I think I have made my point, however, I want to add one last project suggested to me by Mr. Bailey.


There was a family cemetery that had to be moved.  In this cemetery there were a number of  headstones but one headstone had no remains corresponding to its location.  The veteran had died in battle and the body buried near the battlefield.  Nonetheless, the family erected a headstone in the family cemetery in his memory.  When the cemetery was moved it was decided that since there were no remains that there would be no marker for that veteran in the new location.  This native son of Northwood, a combat veteran, is now lost to history and memory.  This may be a cause for a veteran’s organization to take up.


We spend large sums of money and time to collect and house “things” that have some relevance to  our past.  We take our children to see artifacts from events long past that took place far away; should we not spend some  money and time to protect the resting places of people right here in Northwood who saw those places, used those artifacts, and were present at those events?


I think that if we show our children the well maintained resting places of those veterans they will see those events, that took place so far away and so long ago, as much more relevant and real, perhaps stirring an interest in learning more about the veteran leading to a more human understanding of the events.


If you are interested in doing any project Mr. Bailey has one piece of advice:  private cemeteries are just that…private.  Showing up without permission to do anything is trespassing.  Approval for work in town cemeteries is also required.  Mr. Bailey should be your starting point for any project.  He can be contacted through the Northwood Town Hall. He is the center of a web of people who can assist any young Indiana Jones start an exciting adventure right here in Northwood.


Cemeteries, aside from their religious meaning, are not for the dead as much as they are for the living.  In a museum we keep “things” to help us remember events in our history.  In a well maintained cemetery we keep the memory of people  who were at those events. When we can associate events and places with a local person those places and events take on a whole new meaning. And, somehow that seems equally important to me as keeping “things”.


In closing a thank you to Mr. Bailey for making time for the interview and for fact-checking this piece.  And, a thank you also to Chief Drolet of the Northwood Police Department for facilitating the meeting with Mr. Bailey.



Letter To The Editor

Less What?


I write this on June 29, the 60th anniversary of Eisenhower’s signing of  the act to create the Interstate Highway System. Those highways stretch   over 47,000 miles and tie our country together as much as anything else.


I’m old enough to remember a pre-Interstate trip from Baltimore to Boston in the early 50’s. It seemed like – to a 9-year-old – that it took forever, crawling up Route 1 to the New Jersey Turnpike. But once we got through New York City, and to the end of the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut, it was back to crawling up Route 1. I encourage you to drive out to the coast and try a few miles on Route 1 to replicate the experience!


I am moved to write this because Deerfield’s John Reagan has written a short piece for this paper announcing his candidacy for State Senate District 17. Within it, he calls for “less government” without specifying exactly what he wants less of.


This troubles me.


Does he want less Medicare? Less Social Security? Less Food & Drug oversight? No Center for Disease Control. No Transportation Safety Board? How about the White Mountains National Park?


Does he want less Interstates? Shall we halt the expansion of I-93 and accept rush-hour gridlock as an irremediable fact of New Hampshire life?


The alert reader will note that these are federal programs, but each has its state counterpart. For example, our Department of Transportation and our state system of roads and bridges.


It, like the federal system, is underfunded and falling further and further behind its maintenance schedule. How can New Hampshire – or the United States, for that matter – prosper without robust transportation infrastructure?


Next time you see him, ask John Reagan how “less government” will address that issue.


Tom Chase

Northwood, NH



This Weekend’s Lrpa After Dark Feature:

1945’S “Detour”


Join Lakes Region Public Access Television at 10:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday night (July 8 & 9) for our “LRPA After Dark” presentation of 1945’s dark film noir thriller “Detour,” starring Tom Neal, Ann Savage and Edmund MacDonald.


In “Detour,” we meet down-on-his-luck Al Roberts (Neal), an ill-fated piano player who hitchhikes to California to reunite with his girlfriend. Along the way, he gets a ride from Charles Haskell (MacDonald), who tells Al an ominous story about his recent encounter with female hitchhiker.  Haskell suffers a fatal heart attack in the middle of nowhere. Al, fearful that he will be accused of murder, buries Haskell’s body, takes his possessions, and assumes his identity. He stops at a gas station, where he picks up a drifter named Vera (Savage). Vera soon figures out the situation and uses it to her advantage, threatening Al to join her in a scheme or to be ratted out to the cops. Will Al be able to extract himself from this nightmare series of events, or will Fate continue to dog him wherever he goes?


“Detour” is an extremely low budget thriller, shot in only six days by director Edgar G. Ulmer. At a running time of less than 70 minutes, the movie packs a lot of story into short film. “Detour” has a cult following among fans of film noir, as it is often considered to be one of the most gloomy and existentialist examples of that genre. Famed critic Roger Ebert was a fan of this film, writing, “ ‘Detour’ is an example of material finding the appropriate form. Two bottom-feeders from the swamps of pulp swim through the murk of low-budget noir and are caught grasping in (the director’s) net. They deserve one another.” It’s a must-see! Grab your popcorn and join LRPA after dark for this dark drama from the past.


You can’t find television like this it anywhere but LRPA TV, MetroCast Channel 25. Not a subscriber? Then log onto Live Stream through our website ( where you can catch all the fun.




Christine “Tina” (Arlin) Avery


Christine “Tina” (Arlin) Small Avery, 95, of Woodstock passed away at Littleton Regional Healthcare with family by her side Thursday, June 23, 2016 on the birthday of her late beloved husband Newt.


Tina, born in Northwood, grew up in Pittsfield, one of 13 children born to John and Florence Small.


She will be fondly remembered for her hospitality and giving nature, her spunk, humour and lively spirit. Tina was known far and wide for her delicious pies.


Tina was predeceased by her husband Newt Avery, her second husband Davis R. Clark, her parents John and Florence (Arlin) Small, brothers Gardner, Lawrence, George and Elliot Small, and her sisters Marjorie Fulton, Barbara Wyman, Shirley Noyes, Virginia DeLisle, Jo Ann Mogensen and Elizabeth Ascani and her granddaughter Kerry Lynn Higgins, son-in-law Bryce Higgins, family and friends.


Lovingly survived by her sisters Rachel Wade and NancyAnderson. Deeply loved by her children Sharon Higgins, Brian Avery and his wife Tita, and Kathleen Vsetecka and her husband William. Adored by her grandchildren Laura and Graham Higgins, Kristine (Vsetecka) Malingowski, Darin and Timothy Vsetecka, and Samuel Avery Castillo and Christine (Avery Castillo) de Alvarez and by her great-grandchildren Melissa, Emily, Ian, Avery and Claire Malingowski, Cooper Thorne, Raina DeStefano and Max and Camilla Avery.


A memorial service and reception was held Tuesday, June 28, at the Pemi Valley Church in Woodstock, NH.


Arrangements by Fournier-Hale Funeral Home, 144 Main St., No. Woodstock, NH. An online guestbook is available at






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